Zac Efron has revealed how he took inspiration, for his role in The Lorax, from Robin Williams performance as the Genie in Aladdin. Zac claims that he viewed a video of Robin recording his voice over and realised that you just have to go for it.
Efron explained, “You just have to throw all of your inhibition out the window. I had to leave my ego at the door. My favourite animated performance probably ever was Robin Williams in Aladdin, when he plays the Genie. When they showed the video from recording that movie, Robin is all over the place.”
He added, “He’s practically doing back flips. He’s doing crazy faces, voices and gestures. He actually looks absolutely ridiculous but the performance that he got out of that was extraordinary. I’ll never forget it.”
Zac continued, “So I just tried not to worry about what I looked like or how I felt or how embarrassing it was. I just tried to go nuts and have fun. As long as you’re having fun you can’t really go wrong.”
You can catch Zac Efron in The Lorax, which is out now in the US and is released in the UK on July 27.